Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SI Kids: Max Mannis: Talking Stats at Yankees Camp

I think the wrong person is wearing the Yankee cap.

Several days ago, I opened up my first pack of 2014 Topps baseball cards. I flipped over the cards to look over the stats written on the back, and next to traditional stats, such as home runs, RBIs, wins, and saves, I saw that WAR, a sabermetric, was listed for each player. I was so excited to discover that Topps has decided to include SABR on their cards.

For those of you who don’t know, WAR is a statistic that stands for Wins Above Replacement. It shows the amount of wins or losses a player could bring to his team if he played instead of his backup. Last season, Mike Trout (9.23), Carlos Gomez (8.36), and Andrew McCutchen (8.19) led MLB in WAR. Clayton Kershaw (7.86) led pitchers in WAR last year, and he ranked fifth overall, behind Trout, Gomez, McCutchen, and Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (7.97).

At Yankees camp yesterday, I had the chance to speak with scout Cesar Presbott, team’s Area Scout and Supervisor, about stats and sabermetrics like WAR and how he uses them in his work.

ANSWER THE QUESTION!

Repoz Posted: February 20, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: sabermetrics, yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. JEe (Jason) Posted: February 20, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4659563)
Something else he looks at: A player's skill, not size. He used Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia as an example, and said that Pedroia is only 5 foot 8 inches but is taller when he is on the field because of his heart.

Pedroia's heart works like an accordion? Now that I'd like to see!
   2. ursus arctos Posted: February 20, 2014 at 02:39 PM (#4659804)
So, it is bWAR rather than fWAR.

Why take it to two decimal places, though? Baseball-reference only reports it to one place on the site, and going further than that just perpetuates an impression of precision that really isn't supported by the facts.
   3. Sunday silence Posted: February 20, 2014 at 03:59 PM (#4659888)
I think a basehit by itself is worth approx: .045 WAR.
   4. Dr. Vaux Posted: February 20, 2014 at 04:35 PM (#4659922)
They probably take it to two decimal places because all the rate stats are traditionally given with three digits (although 1.000 obviously is four digits), so they thought it looked right to have three digits for WAR, too.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
HowardMegdal
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: NBA Playoffs Thread 2016
(952 - 1:19am, Apr 30)
Last: Tin Angel

Sox TherapyWe Still Know Nothin'
(66 - 1:18am, Apr 30)
Last: Chip

NewsblogOTP 2016 April 25: Forget politics, baseball season in full gear
(1547 - 1:06am, Apr 30)
Last: Joe Kehoskie

Newsblog4-29-16 OMNICHATTER
(203 - 1:05am, Apr 30)
Last: Baldrick

Sox TherapyGuys Who Are Not Major Leaguers
(42 - 12:41am, Apr 30)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogMiami Herald: MLB has suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games after he tested positive for PEDs
(48 - 11:55pm, Apr 29)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogTed Cruz the latest victim of politicians trying to talk sports | NBC SportsWorld
(116 - 11:18pm, Apr 29)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

Newsblog2016 New York City Softball Game
(99 - 10:53pm, Apr 29)
Last: reech

NewsblogOT: Soccer March/April 2016
(702 - 10:10pm, Apr 29)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogPerry: Quintana is Emerging as Second White Sox Ace
(21 - 9:47pm, Apr 29)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogRough start for MN Twins' John Ryan Murphy
(2 - 5:23pm, Apr 29)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogLet's just put the coronation of the Cubs on hold a minute | FOX Sports
(39 - 5:22pm, Apr 29)
Last: The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott)

NewsblogPipeline Inbox: 2016 MLB Draft questions | MLB.com
(1 - 5:13pm, Apr 29)
Last: Shibal

NewsblogMinor League Baseball Toolshed: Big week for pitching prospect promotions | MiLB.com
(3 - 5:11pm, Apr 29)
Last: bfan

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-29-2016
(7 - 5:10pm, Apr 29)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

Page rendered in 0.1212 seconds
47 querie(s) executed